Gubernatorial (well, we got “goober” and “nut” right) spokesboy Ian Fury tried to change the story about his boss Kristi Noem’s abject failure as a policymaker by calling Democrats liars for saying Noem didn’t work hard enough to promote her signature campaign promise to repeal South Dakota’s tax on food:
Come on, Ian. You’re a big political boy. You know that in the line of work you’ve chosen, all that matters is results. Did you win the election or not? Did the bill pass or not?
I’ve run ballot question campaigns. Sometimes I’ve won; sometimes I’ve lost. If a reasonably objective journalist or even a staunch Republican opponent reviewed my losses and said, “Gee, Cory, you didn’t do enough to promote those measures,” I wouldn’t say they have “levied a patently false allegation.” I’d say, “Yeah, you’re right. I didn’t get enough signatures. I didn’t raise enough money and hire enough circulators. I didn’t advertise and get on TV and radio and in the papers enough. I didn’t make my case to enough people, or to enough of the right people, to get this measure on the ballot and win the votes.”
Did it pass?
Logical conclusion: Noem, just like the Democrats who proposed numerous food-tax repeals in past Sessions, did not do enough to promote this policy. It is preposterous to claim otherwise.